DoD Problem: Technologies are needed that can correctly categorize or identify chemical/biological (CB) agents in multiple states of matter (aerosol, vapor, liquid) and in various areas (surface or air).
Solution: A mobile cooperative sensor network consisting of self-guided cooperative unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) with on-board meteorological and chemical sensors that can predict (a) source of CB plume, (b) concentration-averaged centroid of the plume to identify the trajectory of the plume.
Outcomes/Benefits: (1) Software Technology: Developed an integrated simulator consisting of three stand-alone modules. (2) Hardware Technology: Intelligence system developed to guide the UAV based on wind and turbulence conditions to detect the source of the plume and the highest gradient of the chemical. 3) Chemical Chamber: Designed a chemical chamber that will test the diffusion of chemical plumes.
The University of Texas at San Antonio, PI: Dr. Kiran Bhaganagar
“There is a lot of value…particularly in the military and chemical biological defense area.” – Steven Lagan, ECBC Operations Research Analyst